Agnistambhasana – Fire Log Pose, Double Pigeon Pose
Agnistambhasana it is derived from the combination of the Sanskrit words Agni (Fire), Stambha (Statue or log), and asana (posture or pose). It is called as Downward Facing Dog Pose or Descending Facing Dog in English.
The Preparatory Poses for Agnistambhasana are Supta Baddha Konasana and Baddha Konasana. And the Follow-up Poses are Bharadvajasana I and Paschimottanasana.
This is one of the easiest and important yoga pose. Even beginners can do it very easily. Many yoga schools teach this yoga for beginner’s level students with many variations.
This pose helps to open the hips and regulates the breathing. As it name describes, it increase the Agni (In Vedas Agni also referred as the fuel of the soul and body). One can get a relief from stress and depression by doing this pose for 10 to 20 minutes after the long day work pressure.
- Let’s see this pose with variations
- Start with the seated position
- Legs should be straight out in front of you
- Take normal breathing
- Slowly bend your knees and bring your legs in one at a time
- Stacking one leg on top of the other leg.
- Form a 90 degree angle towards you with the hip, knee, and ankle of each
- Try to lengthen and Inhale the spine from the tailbone to the crown of your head.
- Exhale and bring your chest towards the floor.
- And slowly lay your hands on the floor
- Hold for at least one minute in this position.
- Make sure for steady and deepbreathing
- Exit the pose by slowly inhale your torsoupright
- And uncross your legs gently
- Repeat the above steps with opposite leg stacked on top.
Opens and stretches the hips, groins and buttocks gently
Enhance the functions of the abdominal organs
Strengthens calves, legs and thighs
It helps to calms the mind and give the peacefulness
Gives relief from anxiety, stress and tension
Increase the blood flow across the body
Regulates the breathing
Forward bend can increase the digestive system
Dos, Don’ts and Tips:
People with the following problem please avoid practising this pose, or practise under the expert’s supervisions and doctor’s advice.
- Back Injury
- Chronic knee
Practise this yoga daily, will yield the better results.
It’s good to do this pose in the morning with empty stomach.